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Pheffer Amato, Addabbo, Ulrich, Richards demand EDC to reinstate Weekend Ferry Shuttle Service

This Friday May 25th, 2018 at 10:00 AM, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Councilman Donovan Richards community leaders, local businesses, residents, and other elected officials will call out the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), for the cancellation of weekend Ferry Shuttle Service on the Rockaway Peninsula, and requesting that they reinstate the weekend shuttle service immediately.

EDC contacted local elected officials and community leaders last week to inform them that weekend service for the Rockaway Shuttle Bus will no longer be an option as of today. EDC stated that the removal of weekend shuttles was due to “trade-offs” and “lack of ridership” even though they have increased ferry boat sizes and frequency of travel throughout the summer months.

Pheffer Amato, Addabbo, Ulrich, and Richards are calling on EDC to reinstate the ferry shuttle for weekend service immediately. The Ferry has become an integral part of the community not only for residents but for the millions of visitors across the city and state and lack of shuttle service will leave thousands of ferry users stranded.

WHEN: Friday, May 25th, 2018

TIME: 30 mins prior to beach opening, (to be determined.)

WHAT: Press conference to demand the EDC to continue the Free Ferry Shuttle Service on weekends throughout the Rockaway Peninsula.

WHO: Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Councilman Donovan Richards, community leaders, local businesses, residents, and other elected officials.

WHERE: Rockaway Boardwalk at Beach 108th Street.

***Press Conference*** Sanders to Announce Lawsuit Against Duo Who Accused Him of Bribery

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will announce at a press conference on the steps of City Hall that he plans to sue in civil court a couple from Far Rockaway for $1 million because they intentionally tried to defame him by spreading lies that he sought a bribe.

In 2016, Marion Moses and Malisa Rivera leaders of an agricultural group called Culinary Kids, Culinary Arts came forward with some very serious accusations, which Sanders believes were politically motivated.

The duo, who are former chefs, said they came to Sanders when he was a City Councilman seeking funding to advance their organization and that he promised to give them $1.7 million in taxpayer money in exchange for a $250,000, which is false.

“These individuals made statements, which are untrue, and now they are going to have to face the consequences of those actions,” Sanders said. “This lawsuit that I will be filing is about setting the record straight. I have consistently fought for the districts I have represented during my time in politics, both at the city and state level, and I will not allow these people to ruin my record of service to my constituency because of their nefarious motivations or agenda.”

Moses and Rivera went so far as to take their claim to investigators.

Culinary Kids, Culinary Arts does not have 501(c)3 status and could not have received discretionary funding in the first place. Even, hypothetically, if money were to have been given, it would have had to go through a city agency – the Parks Department, because the land they wanted to utilize was parkland. The Parks Department would have then reimbursed them for the money they spent if they were able to document their expenditures with receipts.

 

Who: State Senator James Sanders Jr.
What: Press Conference
When: May 20, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Where: The steps of City Hall
Why: To set the record straight

List of Organizations That Took Pipeline Money Last Cycle

Please note: Most organizations applied and accepted the fund after the pipeline project was complete. The funds are also not used to pay organizations off for any benefits to Williams Partners.

Without further ado, the full list of all grant recipients.

Williams – a major operator of natural gas infrastructure in New York – today announced the latest recipients of the Rockaway Community Grant Program, awarding grants to 25 local organizations.

The Rockaway Community Grant program was designed to benefit the environment and local communities in which Williams operates its Transco natural gas pipeline near Rockaway, N.Y. The company has awarded nearly $900,000 since the grant program was first initiated in 2014.

FALL 2017 Grant Recipients.

 $5,800.00 to the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, for Hose Replacement

 $5,800.00 to the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, New York City, NY, for Public Space Enhancement

 $5,000.00 to the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY, for Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Techies (T4)

 $5,000.00 to the PFC. John G. McLaughlin Post 8540 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Breezy Point, NY, for Hope 4 Heroes

 $5,000.00 to the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation, Far Rockaway, NY, for the Beach 20th Street Plaza Youth Connect Initiative

 $5,000.00 to the Swim Strong Foundation, East Elmhurst, NY, for Swim Strong @Rockaway: Water Safety
and Job Readiness for Youth

 $5,000.00 to the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League, Rockaway Park, NY, for the Community Adult
Volleyball League

 $4,000.00 to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, for Environmental Education
Program

 $3,700.00 to the Natural Areas Conservancy, New York, NY, for Rockaway Beach Clean Up

 $3,500.00 to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Far Rockaway, NY, for Stewardship Saturdays

 $3,000.00 to 14 Sculptors Inc., Rockaway Park, NY, for On the Rock 2017: An Exhibition of Sculpture

 $3,000.00 to the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, New York City, NY, for Small Business
Enhancement

 $3,000.00 to the Resurf Project, Long Beach, NY, for Resurf’s “Rockaway Youth on Board” Project

 $3,000.00 to the Rockaway Youth Task Force, Inc., Far Rockaway, NY, for the Urban Farm Improvement Project

 $2,500.00 to the Giving Alternative Learners UpLifting Opportunities, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, for Drainage solutions to Therapeutic Riding facility in Howard Beach, Queens

 $2,500.00 to the New York City Audubon Society, Inc., New York, NY, for Tidal Connections

 $2,500.00 to the Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, NY, for Young Bosses of Queens

 $2,000.00 to the Brooklyn Hurricanes, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, for Fall Season 2017 Support

 $2,000.00 to the Rockaway Little League, Belle Harbor, NY, for Decking Project

 $2,000.00 to the Rockaway Rockies, Belle Harbor, NY, for the Youth Hockey Program

 $2,000.00 to the Rockaway Rugby Club, Rockaway Park, NY, for Rugby Field Renovation – Year 3

 $2,000.00 to the Rockaway Rugby Club, Rockaway Park, NY, for Youth Rugby Development/Safety

 $1,000.00 to the CVH: Center for Veterans Health, Arverne, NY, for Rockaway Veterans Health outreach project

 $1,000.00 to the Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, Arverne, NY, for Health & Wellbeing for Rockaway Seniors

 $1,000.00 to PS/MS 114 Q, Rockaway Park, NY, in support of the Belle Harbor School After-School Drama Program
Can we ask for more money next time? Williams brings in 24 Billion in investment per year. Keep that in mind next cycle when you apply again.

Senator James Sanders Jr. to Host Youth Voter Education Presentation

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will be hosting a Youth Voter Education presentation on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ocean Bay Community Center in Arverne. The purpose will be to guide youth through the registration process, which  is a potential step to expanding the age range of voters. Students will learn how to be politically involved and civically engaged. Topics will include voting, how to register and recognizing our political leaders.

 

QUEENS LAW ASSOCIATES TEEN MENTORS GO TO WASHINGTON, DC

In response to the gun violence in our schools; and our communities Lori Zeno, Director of Queens Law Associates (QLA) wants to ensure our youth have a voice that is heard. QLA will be taking a road trip to Washington, DC. See below for more details
Far Rockaway, Queens: March 24th, 2018 QLA’s Teen Mentors will join the March For Our Lives in Washington, DC. This is a long overdue youth-led movement that our youth participants believe in. Not only is this about the gun violence in schools across the country, but for Far Rockaway youth in particular, it is about the gun violence in their communities. Since the start of 2018, we have lost 2 young lives under the age of 16 to senseless gun violence.
The teens attending this March For Our Lives will take to the streets of Washington DC to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end this epidemic of mass school shootings and senseless gun violence.
Being a community-based organization in Far Rockaway, QLA staff see firsthand the challenges our teens face every day. QLA hosts community outreach events, provide staff 5 days a week in our student lounge at FDA VI in Far Rockaway HS (social workers, staff attorneys and an outreach worker), Youth Justice Court in the school and the community, among other avenues of being involved in local teens’ lives. Our general mission is to provide legal services to those who cannot afford it; but for our Far Rockaway programming it is to empower our youth, teach them their rights and be a segway to a brighter future.
Director Lori Zeno called on the QLA Community Liaison, Marissa Bernowitz and said: “We must take the teens to DC.” We announced it to the youth in our programs, had them submit essays on what the march would mean for them, and planned our weekend to DC. We will be departing from Far Rockaway on Friday, March 23rd and returning Monday, March 26th.
What will we do for the weekend? First order of business is to prep for the March For Our Lives. We will make signs and t-shirts for the march. We will have open discussions on what it means to be a part of this movement. Saturday we will attend the March in Washington, DC. On Sunday we will decide which museums or national monuments to visit. We will be returning after breakfast on Monday ready to share our experiences.
Any questions or comments in regards to this can be directed to Marissa Bernowitz, QLA Community Outreach Liaison via (718)261-3047 ext. 608 or via e-mail MBernowitz@qlanyc.org

Council Member Richards Presents Nelson Mandela Technology Grant to Schools in Far Rockaway

WHO: Council Member Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway); Principals and students from Goldie Maple Academy, Far Rockaway High School, PS 42, PS 104, and Village Academy

WHAT: Every year, Council Member Richards’ office uses discretionary funding to provide technology upgrades to local schools in District 31 under the Nelson Mandela Technology Grant.

WHERE: Far Rockaway High School, located at 821 Bay 25th St, Far Rockaway, NY 11691

WHEN: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at noon

7 Unusual Facts You Should Know About St.Patrick’s Day

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. But for all of his prevalence in culture, namely the holiday held on the day of his death that bears his name, his life remains somewhat of a mystery. Many of the stories traditionally associated with St. Patrick, including the famous account of his banishing all the snakes from Ireland, are false, the products of hundreds of years of exaggerated storytelling.

1. We Should Really Wear Blue

Saint Patrick himself would have to deal with pinching on his feast day. His color was “Saint Patrick’s blue,” a light shade. The color green only became associated with the big day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.

2. Saint Patrick Was British

Yeah, I really just wrote that!

Although he made his mark by introducing Christianity to Ireland in the year 432, Patrick wasn’t Irish himself. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.

3. It Used to Be a Dry Holiday

For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick’s Day was considered a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, which meant that the nation’s pubs were closed for business on March 17. In 1970, the day was converted to a national holiday, and the stout resumed flowing.

4. Cold Weather Helped Saint Patrick’s Legend

Through the Ice Age, Ireland was too cold to host any reptiles, and the surrounding seas have staved off serpentine invaders ever since. Modern scholars think the “snakes” Saint Patrick drove away were likely metaphorical.

 5. There’s No Corn in that Beef

Corned beef and cabbage, a traditional Saint Patrick’s Day staple, doesn’t have anything to do with the grain corn. Instead, it’s a nod to the large grains of salt that were historically used to cure meats, which were also known as “corns.”

6. There Are No Female Leprechauns

Don’t be fooled by any holiday decorations showing lady leprechauns. In traditional Irish folk tales, there are no female leprechauns, only nattily attired little guys.

7. The Lingo Makes Sense

You can’t attend a Saint Patrick’s Day event without hearing a cry of “Erin go Bragh.” What’s the phrase mean? It’s a corruption of the Irish Éirinn go Brách, which means roughly “Ireland Forever.”

Source- History Channel

Davon Armstead Gets Full Ride to Buffalo State Football Defeating Many Battles Along The Way

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Far Rockaway does it again!

Far Rockaway resident Davon Armstead is the second-high school athlete this year that obtained a full-ride scholarship to play college football on the big stage.

Armstead, Rockaway Ravens, and Abraham Lincoln High School athlete visited 6 different schools. Schools including Stoney Brook, Rutgers, Temple, Southern Connecticut State, Assumption College, and Buffalo State.

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Buffalo State considered a Division 3 school by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). However, Armstead stated very clearly why he made his decision to commit to Buffalo State over the other schools with Division 1 programs.

When asked about his decision to commit to Buffalo State Armstead stated, “Felt like family when I arrived to visit.”

“I knew right away this would be a place I can make a difference.”

Armstead kicked off his High School career at Grand Street Campus on their Junior Varsity team.

During his first two years on the team, Armstead displayed his athleticism that left bystanders in awe. He recorded 22 catches for 444 yards and 6 touchdowns as a first-year student.

Sophomore year, it gets even better. Armstead cashes in 21 catches for 500 yards and 9 touchdowns.

With all that momentum leaving JV, Armstead was ready to move on to Varsity at Grand Street. Until unfortunate circumstances began to plague Armstead’s life.

Armstead mentioned the issues surrounding a scandal that fired one of his head coaches at Grand Street. It was so bad that Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) had to step in and punish the football program at Grand Street.

Grand Street Campus fired controversial head coach Bruce Eugene for letting a Long Island football player use his Brooklyn address to enroll in the school. The Department of Education requires students who are not residents of New York City to pay $7,119 a year to attend public schools, according to some sources.

Nonetheless, the school had to give up an entire season. As a result, Davon Armstead deadlocked to start his Junior year of football.

That did not stop him at all! Armstead put in a transfer to Abraham Lincoln High School for another shot at continuing his football career.

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“It was a setback for me”, Armstead stated. “I had to prove myself again and work harder, and I got back on the field.”

Armstead at Grand Street recorded 5 catches for 87 yards, only playing 3 games his junior season.

If you think that was a bit much, Armstead’s toughest challenge was yet to come.

Armstead was made aware during the offseason of his junior year that his little brother Jacob Armstead was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

When asked about what was it like hearing that kind of news, Armstead replied, “It was really rough, Jacob is the strongest 14-year-old you’ll ever meet.” Furthermore he stated, “I knew I could not give up on him.”

“Jacob is what kept me going when things looked down for me.” “I knew I could not give up.”

When I asked Armstead what advice you can give the others your age that is going through the same or worst, he gave resilient advice.

“When things get rough, do not give up and do not look back.” “I worked harder and harder to get where I am.”

Davon Armstead’s senior year was nothing more than incredible, including all he has been through to get to where he is at now.

During his senior year, he recorded 16 catches for 267 yards and 1 touchdown. His team even made the semi-finals the same season of the 2018 PSAL Championship. The same year Rockaway’s own Christian Izien reached the championship at his school Erasmus Hall and is also on his way to college at Rutgers on a full-ride scholarship, despite the loss to Curtis High School.

Davon Armstead is well on his way to the big stage. There is no question if he is ready or not. The hardships, dedication, and hard work, speaks for itself.

The Rockaways is with you Davon, more importantly, your brother Jacob is here to witness your journey.

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View more of Davon Armstead highlights and photos down below.

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7763719/5a1b790abd6a7c01d02ca64d

Can also follow him on Twitter at

Davon Armstead Gets Full Ride to Buffalo State Football Defeating Many Battles Along The Way

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Far Rockaway does it again!

Far Rockaway resident Davon Armstead is the second-high school athlete this year that obtained a full-ride scholarship to play college football on the big stage.

Armstead, Rockaway Ravens, and Abraham Lincoln High School athlete visited 6 different schools. Schools including Stoney Brook, Rutgers, Temple, Southern Connecticut State, Assumption College, and Buffalo State.

Buffalo State considered a Division 3 school by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). However, Armstead stated very clearly why he made his decision to commit to Buffalo State over the other schools with Division 1 programs.

When asked about his decision to commit to Buffalo State Armstead stated, “Felt like family when I arrived to visit.”

“I knew right away this would be a place I can make a difference.”

Armstead kicked off his High School career at Grand Street Campus on their Junior Varsity team.

During his first two years on the team, Armstead displayed his athleticism that left bystanders in awe. He recorded 22 catches for 444 yards and 6 touchdowns as a first-year student.

Sophomore year, it gets even better. Armstead cashes in 21 catches for 500 yards and 9 touchdowns.

With all that momentum leaving JV, Armstead was ready to move on to Varsity at Grand Street. Until unfortunate circumstances began to plague Armstead’s life.

Armstead mentioned the issues surrounding a scandal that fired one of his head coaches at Grand Street. It was so bad that Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) had to step in and punish the football program at Grand Street.

Grand Street Campus fired controversial head coach Bruce Eugene for letting a Long Island football player use his Brooklyn address to enroll in the school. The Department of Education requires students who are not residents of New York City to pay $7,119 a year to attend public schools, according to some sources.

Nonetheless, the school had to give up an entire season. As a result, Davon Armstead deadlocked to start his Junior year of football.

That did not stop him at all! Armstead put in a transfer to Abraham Lincoln High School for another shot at continuing his football career.

“It was a setback for me”, Armstead stated. “I had to prove myself again and work harder, and I got back on the field.”

Armstead at Grand Street recorded 5 catches for 87 yards, only playing 3 games his junior season.

If you think that was a bit much, Armstead’s toughest challenge was yet to come.

Armstead was made aware during the offseason of his junior year that his little brother Jacob Armstead was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

When asked about what was it like hearing that kind of news, Armstead replied, “It was really rough, Jacob is the strongest 14-year-old you’ll ever meet.” Furthermore he stated, “I knew I could not give up on him.”

“Jacob is what kept me going when things looked down for me.” “I knew I could not give up.”

When I asked Armstead what advice you can give the others your age that is going through the same or worst, he gave resilient advice.

“When things get rough, do not give up and do not look back.” “I worked harder and harder to get where I am.”

Davon Armstead’s senior year was nothing more than incredible, including all he has been through to get to where he is at now.

During his senior year, he recorded 16 catches for 267 yards and 1 touchdown. His team even made the semi-finals the same season of the 2018 PSAL Championship. The same year Rockaway’s own Christian Izien reached the championship at his school Erasmus Hall and is also on his way to college at Rutgers on a full-ride scholarship, despite the loss to Curtis High School.

Davon Armstead is well on his way to the big stage. There is no question if he is ready or not. The hardships, dedication, and hard work, speaks for itself.

The Rockaways is with you Davon, more importantly, your brother Jacob is here to witness your journey.

View more of Davon Armstead highlights and photos down below.

https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7763719/5a1b790abd6a7c01d02ca64d

Can also follow him on Twitter at

STUDENTS AT THE FAR ROCKAWAY EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS ORGANIZE DEMONSTRATION AS PART OF THE #ENOUGH NATIONAL SCHOOL WALKOUT FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

In response to our elected officials’ failure to address gun violence we, the students of the Far Rockaway Educational Campus have organized a local walkout in solidarity with the Women’s March EMPOWER to call for comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation.

Far Rockaway, Queens, NY — March 14, 2018 marks one month since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 14 students and 3 staff members killed and many others wounded or injured. We are calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes (in honor of the 17 lives taken in the tragedy in Parkland) at 10am across every time zone on March 14, 2018 to protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.
We, the students at the Far Rockaway Educational Campus, have decided that this moment is too crucial and this issue too urgent to stand idly by. We believe that if we remain silent we agree with what is going on in our schools and community. With the recent shootings in our community we feel we should not fear coming to school. We stand united to stand up against gun violence, both in and around our school.
On March 14th at the sound of the class bell (9:52am) we will be walking out of our classes and safely to our football field. As we get to the field we will kneel in unity and have a moment of silence (at approximately 10 am) for those lost in our community and across the nation. A guest speaker will share a few words and then at 10:17am we will return to our classes.
We are walking out for ALL people who have experienced gun violence, including systemic forms of gun violence that disproportionately impact teens in Black and Brown communities. It is important that when we refer to gun violence, we do not overlook the impact of police brutality and militarized policing, or see police in schools as a solution. We also recognize the United States has exported gun violence through imperialist foreign policy to destabilize other nations.
We raise our voices for action against all these forms of gun violence. We students and our allies are organizing the school walkout to demand Congress pass legislation to protect us. WE ARE NOT SAFE at school. We are not safe in our cities and towns. We need action. It is our elected officials’ jobs to keep us safe and pass federal gun reform legislation that will address the public health crisis of gun violence. We want Congress to pay attention and take note: many of us will vote this November and many others will cast their ballots in 2020.
Over 2,545 demonstrations have been registered across the nation! This our notice to you to join us!
Any questions or comments in regards to this can be directed to the QLA Far Rockaway Peer Mentor Group via (718)261-3047 ext. 608 or the QLA Community Outreach Liaison, mbernowitz@qlanyc.org